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Berit Mortensen

Berit Mortensen


Berit Mortensen has been practicing midwifery since 1992. Since 1987, she has worked with international solidarity and health projects in Palestine and Lebanon, as a nurse, midwife and project manager for the organization Norwegian Aid Committee (NORWAC). Since 2006, in collaboration with Palestinian midwives, she has developed and implemented a locally adapted midwife-led continuity model of care serving rural women in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. She completed her master's degree in practical knowledge at Nord University in Bodø in 2011. The master's thesis To be Veiled or not to be, what unites is the question? Experiences from a continuity of midwifery care model in occupied Palestine and Norway, used qualitative methodology with a phenomenological-hermeneutic approach. On March 12, 2020, she defended her Phd dissertation, Making Midwifery Matter, Introduction of a Miwife-led Continuity Model of Care in Occupied Palestine, at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, based on three quantitative studies, funded by the Research Council of Norway. From 2021, she is project manager for the NORHED project Midwifery education and research development in Palestine and Ghana (MIDRED).

Research projects

Scientific publications

Henriksen, Lena ; Kisa, Sezer ; Lukasse, Mirjam ; Flaathen, Eva Marie ; Mortensen, Berit ; Karlsen, Elisabeth ; Garnweidner-Holme, Lisa (2021). Cultural Sensitivity in Interventions Aiming to Reduce or Prevent Intimate Partner Violence During Pregnancy: A Scoping Review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.

Mortensen, Berit ; Diep, Lien My; Lukasse, Mirjam ; Lieng, Marit; Dwekat, Ibtesam; Elias, Dalia; Fosse, Erik (2019). Women's satisfaction with midwife-led continuity of care: An observational study in Palestine. BMJ Open. Vol. 9.

Mortensen, Berit ; Lieng, Marit; Diep, Lien My; Lukasse, Mirjam ; Atieh, Kefaya; Fosse, Erik (2019). Improving Maternal and Neonatal Health by a Midwife-led Continuity Model of Care ? An Observational Study in One Governmental Hospital in Palestine. EClinicalMedicine. Vol. 10.

Mortensen, Berit ; Lukasse, Mirjam ; Diep, Lien My; Lieng, Marit; Abu-Awad, Amal; Suleiman, Munjid; Fosse, Erik (2018). Can a midwife-led continuity model improve maternal services in a low-resource setting? A non-randomised cluster intervention study in Palestine. 10 p. BMJ Open. Vol. 8.

These publications are obtained from Cristin. The list may be incomplete